Cameron, New York

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Cameron is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 1,034 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Dugald Cameron, an early settler and land agent of the Pulteney Estate.

The Town of Cameron is centrally located in the county, west of the City of Corning.



Around the year 1800, the first settler arrived near the present community of Cameron. The town was formed from the Town of Addison in the year 1822. Parts of Cameron were lost on the founding of the Towns of Thurston (1844) and Rathbone (1856).

The New York and Erie Railroad line through Cameron opened in September, 1850. Today, the line is owned by the Norfolk Southern Railway. NS and Canadian Pacific (the latter under haulage arrangements)operate trains over the route.

The population of Cameron in 1905 was 1,217.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.8 square miles (121.1 km²), of which, 46.7 square miles (121.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.04%) is water.

The Canisteo River flows through the town. Route 119 parallels the river.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,034 people, 359 households, and 266 families residing in the town. The population density was 22.1 people per square mile (8.5/km²). There were 450 housing units at an average density of 9.6/sq mi (3.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.07% White, 0.10% African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.10% Asian, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

There were 359 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 113.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.2 males.

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